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Nationwide ‘White Lives Matter’ Events Draw Mostly Counter-Protesters

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 A series of rumored “White Lives Matter” rallies police were bracing for in cities across the U.S. on Sunday largely did not come to fruition, as reporters on the ground noted that the number of demonstrators were vastly outnumbered by counter-protesters, if White Lives Matter supporters showed up at all.

Key Facts

In Huntington Beach, California, a White Lives Matter event was dominated by a large crowd of Black Lives Matter activists which clashed with a smaller group of rival demonstrators there in support of the original protest, according to the Los Angeles Times.

At least four counter protestors were taken into custody, according to the newspaper, for alleged crimes like using amplified sound without a permit, illegally carrying items like pepper spray and batons and for obstructing police officers.

Hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters also took to downtown Fargo, North Dakota, after reports a White Lives Matter rally would be held at Fargo City Hall Sunday — but according to local radio station KFGO, no demonstrators showed up to support the original event. 

A single man with a sign reading “All Guns Matter” was outnumbered by several hundred counter protesters Sunday in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a New Mexico In Depth reporter on the scene, who said the Proud Boy organizers of the White Lives Matter event never showed up.

Attendance at White Lives Matter protests scheduled in Raleigh, North Carolina, Columbus, Ohio and Asheville, North Carolina, also appeared to fail to materialize. 

Key Background

Police in multiple cities prepared for the possibility of violence after a Telegram channel started in late March—and highlighted by the Anti-Defamation League last week—revealed calls for coordinated events on April 11. 

Further Reading 

“Police Across U.S. Preparing For ‘White Lives Matter’ Rallies Sunday” (Forbes)

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